Mitas has launched new versions of the Sport Force+ in selected sizes. Riders of hypersport motorcycles who are looking for a road-legal tyre for hobby racing can choose the Mitas Sport Force+ EV, while a new racing soft compound is now available in the form of the Mitas Racing Force+ RS.
A little over a year ago, ČGS Holding a.s announced the formation of the Mitas Moto business unit, an entity that incorporates both the Mitas motorcycle tyre unit and the Savatech unit acquired by the company in October 2012. The first all-new product announced by the combined business unit was the Sport Force for sport, naked and touring bikes. This has now been succeeded by the Sport Force+, and this new-generation of tyre employs a tread compound developed using the latest findings from Mitas’ research and development unit. Mitas Sport Force+ will be available in global markets as of February 2015. All sizes in the Sport Force+ range boast a (W) speed rating, allowing for use at speeds of more than 270 km/h (168 mph).
Slovenian tyre producer Savatech has recalled its Sport Force radial motorcycle tyres. The tyres, which were sold to customers mostly in Europe, may develop a bulge in the tread during sustained high speed riding. This could cause vibration and, in the most extreme of cases, some of the tread may become detached. Savatech clarified that the problem has only been simulated in controlled and the most severe of conditions. The Sport Force recall is pre-emptive.
A comparative test of “no-name” tyres has been published by German motorcycling magazine Motorrad, and the results show a wide range of performance within this segment. Five brands in the 120/70 ZR17 and 180/55 ZR 17 size combination were pitted against a premium-segment benchmark tyre and tested in a range of riding conditions. The outcome? Motorrad concluded its evaluation by declaring that “so-called no-name tyres can’t be judged wholesale” and that products in this category range from those that match the premiums down to technology from a bygone era.
Mitas has announced that it will extend its range of Sport Force tyres for sport and touring motorcycles. One new rear and two new front tyres will be added to the range, first introduced in September 2013 with three rear sizes and one front size. The Mitas Sport Force includes technologies such as OGT 3D (3-D Optimum Groove Technology); SCT (Strong Carcass Technology); and an FEA (Finite Element Analysis) optimised footprint. The new sizes will allow riders of models from BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and more to fit Mitas Sport Forces.
At the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, which opens to the media today ahead of its public opening on 7 November, the newly-created Mitas Moto business unit will introduce itself to the world. The new business unit will also introduce its first product, the Sport Force radial for sport, naked and touring bikes.